Those who know us know that we have made some huge changes in our family’s life recently. And for those who don’t know, after much agonizing and lots of work (and after the girls were officially adopted here in the states), we sold the house that we had called home for over 7 years and moved states to be closer to our families. We left a family of 2 and returned a family of 7, after 9 years. Coming back has proved wonderful and terrible, sometimes all in the same day. Adam has super gracious parents who invited us to move in and live with them until we find a new home. I certainly hope and pray that I will be that kind of a parent when I am at their stage of life. So kind, super hospitable, gracious…and just plain laid back! To have 7 people move into your home and live, work (out of the garage) and do school (and LOUD life) has to be an incredible head-swirling change. We are so appreciative of their generosity and the Lord’s kindness through them. It has given us the option of not being in a hurry to find a new place. And we are going on 7 weeks now. Eeek! Their home is situated on 16 acres of beautiful country, including woods and a couple ponds within sight. The driveway is about 1/4 of a mile, with a hill. Getting the mail is an event! There are just multiple opportunities for the kids to run, ride their bikes down hills and up, roll around, do endless cartwheels and flips, pretend so many new things, observe wildlife, collect leaves, bugs and toads, care for grandma and grandpa’s dog, have campfires, tent camp, observe a beautiful night sky, do endless art and make huge messes, get stung by hornets, run through woods and a pasture barefoot (thankful for no poison ivy outbreaks yet!)…and just generally have a blast. Honestly, there have just been too many fun times to even list here. We ask them frequently how they are doing with the move and living with grandpa and grandma. To which they have said, “We love it!” “My body likes the outdoors.” ”I hope we are still with grandpa and grandma for Christmas.” ”NO MORE Kentucky!” So for the kiddos, it’s been great. The many new experiences, exploration and opportunities have created a beautiful base for home education. They have gotten to do so many things that they never would have gotten to do if we still lived in our old very urban setting (horse back riding, motorcycle rides, swimming in family’s pools, hanging out with cousins, playing outside at night, hardly ever having to wear shoes, etc…) as this is the complete opposite of where we are coming from. Which is probably why we are enjoying it so much. So while it lasts, we are praising the Lord for this blessing.
The house hunt is has been long, arduous and fruitless up to this point. Only the Lord knows where we are supposed to be so as to be maximally effective as a family for His kingdom. We are praying He reveals it soon. :-) But until then, we have been challenged by the verse in 1 Timothy 6:8 that says, “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” Truly we have all we need and much more. When we can remember that we are incredibly thankful. When we don’t remember that, we struggle with the lack of being settled and not knowing what the next step of life will hold. When earthly comforts are few, it is then (I am finding out) that our sinful hearts are exposed. I think I have probably never been closer to having multiple panic attacks in a short amount of time as in the past couple of months. But the Lord continues to remain faithful and shower us with constant reminders of his love and grace. This earth is not our home and if we are hoping to make it such, we will always be gravely disappointed. We were made to live for more than here and now… for this stuff that keeps us distracted. We were made with eternity in our hearts and we will never be truly happy until we have and keep eternity in view, letting it effect our everyday decisions – big and small. Oh to be so sanctified that I always remember this and never am tempted to trust in what my eyes can or cannot see at any given moment but to always behold in faith His goodness every moment. But alas, I am right there with everyone else. Scratching and clawing, fighting, failing, sinning, repenting…realizing that the life of faith is a daily fight until we behold his face in eternity. And it doesn’t really matter what the circumstances are in life…whether you have a permanent home or not, whether your life is going according to plan or not, whether your kids are turning out the way you envisioned or not…faith is faith and God is the giver and sustainer of life, faith and future. Praise Him!